Thursday, July 19, 2012

Birthday Celebration

Wow! I realized just now long it has been since my last post...

It is good to be back!

If you saw my post from the 4th of July you know that I have been thinking a lot about my Mom and missing her desperately. Some days are better than others but, for the past two weeks there have been moments when I have missed her so much that I was sure I was finally going to have the big breakdown that my aunt warned me about months ago. I have been waiting for it, but so far no breakdown.

  I ran away last weekend, in part so we wouldn't have to do the traditional ice cream and cake party for my birthday (I will do a post on our weekend getaway in the next few days). I was afraid we would all get together and just cry over Mom not being here. It turns out tradition was just what I needed.

Dad and Dayna were determined to celebrate my birthday so on Tuesday night we went to dinner at Tepanyaki in Lehi to celebrate. G&G Black and Aunt Angie came too. After dinner we all went to my parents' house for homemade ice cream and yummy cupcakes from Dippidee. Instead of crying, we all laughed. Telling old family stories, talking about Mom, and remembering the funny things that she said during her last week of life. Our little celebration was a moment of healing for all of us.

  At dinner watching our cook prepare our fried rice and noodles. 
(Dad, G&G Black, and Auntie Angie)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

I Miss Her Today.

We had a very quiet 4th this year. 
That is what happens when you are scheduled to work 3:00pm-11:00pm on a holiday.

Luckily, I got to leave my store a little after 10:00pm so I was able to catch some of the Thanksgiving Point fireworks from Redwood Road. 

There is a spot between Camp Williams and Saratoga Springs, where you can see the entire valley and I knew it would be the perfect place for fireworks tonight. So there I was, just me in my Kia Sportage taking in all of the fireworks that I could see from Thanksgiving Point to Provo. 

I took a moment to remember July 4th of years gone by. Watching the Lehi City fireworks from Grandma's backyard, Mom rocking out to Kenny Loggins at Stadium of Fire, getting up early to go to the Freedom Festival Parade, and watching the fireworks at Thanksgiving Point from our own backyard.

 For a minute I was sad. The fireworks remind me of Mom. I miss her today.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Good Things: The Lower Lights

I have a confession to make and I don't care who knows it...
after listening to The Lower Lights I love a good hymn revival!!!

I was introduced to The Lower Lights while watching an episode of BYUtv's The Song That Changed My Life. I was initially drawn to it because the group included members of the Neon Trees. I was excited to find out that two of my local favorites, Ryan Shupe and Cherie Call, also joined the revival.

The Lower Lights is a group of local musicians who came together in 2009. Their goal was to revitalize these old songs and reconnect with them. After five days they had recorded 30 hymns. I heard that they performed at the Utah Arts Festival this year and was hoping to see and hear more from them. 

I don't have to hope anymore. Their new album comes out tomorrow. Here is a preview (Warning: by clicking the play button you will be subjecting yourself to the desire to clap your hands, stomp your feet, and sing along.):

I know you will love it!!!!!!

You can learn more about The Lower Lights and where to find their music

(They also have an awesome Christmas album for anyone who loves Christmas music as much as I do.)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

I Will Always Be A July Girl.

Me circa 1980

My favorite month is finally here!!! 

I love July and not just because it is the month of my birth (although that does help a little).

I love...
The way the way the warm sun feels on my skin. 
Early mornings when the world comes to life with noises of birds chirping and sprinklers.
July 4th celebrations (the parades, concerts, & most of all fireworks).
The smell of sparklers.
Playing in water.
Fresh Corn on the Cob and garden tomatoes.
Family Reunions in small Utah towns.
Finding ladybugs and potato bugs in the flower beds.
Birthday celebrations.
Pioneer day. A day to remember those who came before
(more fireworks).
and last but not least,
Outdoor concerts 
(whether they are in a large amphitheater or on a closed off street, I love the relaxed vibe. Good music, something to quench your thirst, and good company. That is all you need).

No matter what, I will always be a July girl!!!